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The Buddhas are smiling, on these mica clay teabowls. Hold a bowl of hot tea in both hands to warm them on a chilly morning or simply look at the Buhhha's smile to warm your heart.

Made from burnished, unglazed micaceous clay from New Mexico, dug very near to where we live. The natural mica in this clay shimmers with golden flecks of light. I throw these teabowls on my potter's wheel, burnish each one with a stone and fire them unglazed. Fire clouds, or the smoke patterns, form in the final wood pit fire, creating an original mark on the walls of each pot.

I will have several of these cups, from the same litter...each one will have unique beautiful fire cloud patterns on the Buddha's face.

Size: approximately 3.5" - 4" tall, 3" wide at rim.
Volume: approximately 8 - 10 oz.
Dated and signed with my potter's name Patch.

This listing is for one mug. You may purchase both as a set for a $42. Contact me and I will arrange a reserved listing for you.

About my process:

I throw and trim my mica pots on my potter's wheel in my adobe studio/greenhouse, then meticulously polish with a smooth stone to create a lustrous surface. This burnishing of the surface takes the place of a glaze. No additional glaze is applied, making these pots naturally chemical-free. After the pots are polished, buffed and fully dry, I fire them in my small kiln to 1800 degrees. A second firing it in a wood pit fire creates the "fire clouds" When the burning wood makes contact with the clay wall of the pot a smokey image forms. Each fire cloud is unique, a true gift of the fire.

I make offerings and prayers with blue corn at every stage of the process of creating a vessel. Each cup I've made seems to require from 8 - 10 hours of tender loving hands-on care, from clay to fired pot. It is signed with my potter's name Patch, (a name I was given at UC Santa Cruz when I first learned to throw pottery back in the sixties) and dated 2011.

This clay is unlike any other clay I've known during my forty years as a potter. The mica comprises up to 80%, and has a healing quality. Mica has been used in Native American medicine bags for protection and thwarting negativity. I find its energy signature to be of an angelic being, named Micah, who has accompanied me on a recent healing journey and will come when called.

Caring for your mica teabowl:
I have coated this vessel with olive oil and baked it in a 350 oven for 30 minutes. This process forms a seal in the clay body. As you use your teabowl it will take on the flavors of the tea. To preserve this tea flavor seasoning, do not use soap or detergent or place in a dishwasher. Simply rinse with clear hot water and air dry. Your teabowl will slowly assume the flavors of the tea you are filling it with, as well as a patina of coloration from the tea. It will become more flavorful and beautiful as time goes on. Enjoy!

I do not place my mica pots in the microwave, out of respect for the clay.

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PattyMara Gourley

Buddha Mica Teabowl


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: mica clay, fire, water, smoke
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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